ERIC Number: ED447434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Soar to Success.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This paper provides an overview of Houghton Mifflin's Soar to Success, a commercially published intervention program designed to accelerate reading growth for students reading below grade level in grade 3 and above. Soar to Success uses fast-paced, structured lessons focusing on comprehension and decoding strategies, is intended for use with small groups led by teachers, and is ideal for in-class, pull-out, or extended-day programs. The program's main features include: (1) small groups of no more than 7 students meeting for 40 minutes a day, 5 days a week; (2) highly structured instructional plans that combine reciprocal teaching, graphic organizers and authentic literature that emphasize reading for meaning and that use a carefully sequenced series of texts to ensure student success; (3) progress assessments via an ongoing series of "retellings" and oral reading checks to regularly determine students' progress; and (4) activities to be completed at home. So far, the program's evidence of effectiveness is limited to a single study, which shows impressive results with a variety of populations in a relatively short time. Soar to Success, as of the year 2000, was being used in approximately 3,700 school districts around the United States. Sections of the paper discuss background, philosophy and goals, program components, evidence of effectiveness, professional development and support, implementation, costs, considerations, contact information, and policy issues and questions. (SR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Program Content, Program Descriptions, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Reading Research, Remedial Reading
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.